Eating gluten-free food products has become the latest fad in the dietary world.
For those who suffer from celiac disease, gluten-free does provide relief in that when eating gluten, it results in damaging the small intestine and impairs the ability to absorb nutrients.
Only less than 1% of Americans have celiac disease though, so why the sudden fad?
Some advocates of the diet say that gluten exacerbates the symptoms of autism and can also lead to weight loss. However, a new study reveals that there have only been two reliable studies that have linked gluten to autism and weight loss, but it only involved 35 participants.
So, the question is, do we need to lead a gluten-free life?
The answer is yes, if you have celiac disease.
However, if you do not suffer from the disease, then it is not necessary to erase gluten food products from your diet. In fact, by making gluten-free a fad, it becomes less of a serious need for those with celiac disease.
The bottom line is that whatever makes you feel good, you should continue to do it. If you find that eating products that contain gluten makes you feel sick in any way, then there might be a more serious problem, such as celiac disease. Contact your doctor if you have any questions.
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